“What is for certain is that 2020 will not be short of drama. Many see it as a year of judgement,” in countries such as the UK and US.
“Here in SA, we hope it is 'the year of the orange jumpsuit', a year of reckoning for those whose greed has driven the country to the brink of disaster,” said the archbishop.
“On this night, of all nights, I don’t want to appear vindictive. Nor do I want to join the ranks of those who would put undue pressure on prosecutors to rush their work.
“Shamila Batohi, Hermione Cronje and their teams at the National Prosecuting Authority need to be given the space to do their jobs properly and to prepare watertight cases which secure convictions.
“Botched prosecutions and widespread acquittals would be a disaster, sending the wrong signals to the corrupt and plunging the country into despair.
“But there must be consequences for corruption, both for those in the private sector who facilitate it and those in the public sector who take advantage of it. The justice, the peace, the reconciliation and the abundant life which a flourishing democracy promises will be achieved only if those who threaten to subvert it are held accountable. So I pray that our hope is not misplaced.”
Mokgoba also admonished the administration of President Cyril Ramaphosa.
“The leaders of our government have had nearly two years to get their act together, rebuild national and international trust and begin to keep the many promises they’ve made to us.”
Much as he respects the president, he said, the words of Ramaphosa, the cabinet and parliament " ... when it comes to improving service delivery, delivering basic health care and bringing our education system up to global standards to ensure equality of opportunity for all our children ... are empty and actionless.”
Makgoba said: “We need to believe we can do better. We need to believe we must do better. We need to believe we will do better. And let us start by examining ourselves: instead of complaining about what the government hasn’t done for us, ask what it is that you can do for your neighbour.”